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    September 24, 2010
    8:00 - 8:29pm PDT  

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property line and does not comply is the 25% of the wall opening. our neighbors also have windows closer to the property line and we would not oppose the operation. in closing, we want to note -- we are conscientious homeland owners and neighbors. we want to work with them, but we did not understand why they are appealing as permit that allows us to approve our existing windows. again, if we had left them alone, neither one of us would have been protected from malaise. and we would have continued to have little privacy with the glazing. we want to know what they're asking us to do if the permit is
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revoked. we wish to be able to retain the natural light that we do had rainy season is around the corner. we do not feel animosity towards our neighbors, and whatever decision is reached tonight will not affect us wanting to have a relationship with them. >> can you upon what you mean -- can you define what you mean obscure? >> you can't see. >> they wouldn't be able to see anything? >> of the previous ones were clear -- >> were you working with the
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contractor or doing it by yourself? >> i had hired help. >> did you have a licensed contractor? >> no. >> i was going asked about the obscure glaze. >> we don't know existed 110 years ago, but we think they had been there for a long time. >> they were would, not vinyl? >> we have other when does in the building that are -- >> mr. cornfield? >> i am with the department --
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people are just trying to simply maintain the building that they no longer can enjoy the benefits that were allowed when the buildings were built. we do allow people to maintain when does even if they don't meet today's code. we are further instructed to do so under the california health and safety code. we do our best to enforce light and the ventilation property line issues. we take it very seriously.
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there was an error, i think, made by the permit older that said it 25% opening is permitted, that is only when your 3-5 feet from the property, not from the adjoining structure, but it doesn't apply in this case anyway because we're talking about repair and maintenance. we would support the upholding of this permit. >> is there any public comment on this item? we can move into rebuttal. you have three minutes. >> i would like to say that it remains our contention that this act of the windows is an alteration, one that is subject
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to california building code, and that being the case, the question whether or not things were grandfathered in, the fact that the window was done without a permit initially and subsequently won was obtained, that doesn't rectify other issues regarding the proximity of the window to my client's property. if the board is inclined to uphold the permit, i would propose that perhaps we can offer some type of compromise, perhaps that the windows themselves can be fixed windows. windows that are not operational, so that it would allow the sunlight that was mentioned by the respondents, and it would alleviate concerns
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that my clients have. if that is the case, the chance of them being subject to such hazards, with that, i submit this matter to the board. >> thank you very much. i understand what he mentioned. we obtained the proper permits, we did the work professionally. we improved our property, and we also improved their privacy issue and the noise factor is much lower. this is a win-win situation for everyone. we think that they should be happy about these new windows, and we don't understand what they want us to do with them still.
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we ask you to uphold our permanent so that we can finish renovations and protect our home. it will want to maintain our home and want to be good neighbors. we want to increase communication with them as well. >> we have not opened these windows since we moved into the house to measure the distances between our house and the neighboring house. >> we don't intend on opening the windows. we don't want to invade their privacy. we appreciate that we haven't heard them either. they have been polite to us. this is not a fight that we think is going to be nasty. we will be quiet and we don't intend on opening these windows. we really want to maintain relationships. >> anything further from the
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department? >> shall i start, or do you prefer? commissioner fung: i always like to start first. >> i am sympathetic to the appellant. their fire hazard concern and a loud parties concerned. it sounds like those issues were issues that had to do with the previous occupant of the building next door, so the building is 110 years old, the windows were probably there when the building was built, and to me, they are in the same location, a little bit smaller. they have better glass and it seems to me that the appellants
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-- i am in favor of the preservation of our old building, even though sometimes it means that we end up with windows in strange places. there are windows all over the place where they wouldn't be approved. i would be inclined to deny the appeal. >> that was very well said and i have nothing to add. >> i appreciate the town. i agree and i understand issues of proximity. we all have to face those, but i do appreciate the tone of the permit older and the civility that has been going on. i have listened very carefully to the compromise position, and the think that given the
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placement of the adjacent window, if that is not a fixed window, it will not make a difference as far as malaise. it is not really going to help that in my opinion. in the interest of time, i am not going to say anything else. >> i am in agreement. their glass is still transparent, and the fact is, they have not had to replace theirs. in terms of acoustic property -- i am hopeful that they will be able to shake hands after words and continue their living.
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>> i move that we deny the appeal and uphold the permit. >> i understand that it is maintenance and repair, it complies with building code? that motion -- to deny the appeal and uphold the permit on a good basis stated. [roll call vote] the motion carries 5-0. shelly power through? >> i have been asked for a very short break. >> i am calling item number 10,
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p.o. number -- of appeal number 10-081 protest in the issuance to alter a building. we will start with the appellant or her agent and dow. >> i am a personal friend of the architect and have had professional contact with the permit holder. this will not affect my ability to rule on this.
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>> i'm speaking on behalf of the appellant. i am her architect. she is appealing approval for neighbors proposed addition and the rescission -- the decision of discretionary review. the documents not considered are in two categories. the document requested but not produced was a shadow study requested in the review of the proposed design. page 9 of the review is a copy of the notes showing that the
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study requested be provided. it would be helpful and clarifying where this will cast shadows. the documents are two sections of the san francisco general plan.
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the policy says that it should reflect the natural slope of the hill. it appears that these documents were overlooked during a planning review. currently there are no policies governing solar access. building construction was one of the most expensive the endeavors that humans undertake.
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this is expensive incrementally and emotionally. when we build in an urban setting, this is difficult for the neighbors and the property owners. san francisco as tools in place to make sure that what we build this the best it can be. some of them are overlooked in the review progress. we urge you to grant the appeal and a choir the planning department to review the project in regards to all of the tools that have been provided including the general plan. this is the best it can be for both the property owner in the neighborhood. thank you for your time and attention.
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>> thank you for your time. as a property owner, i am of two things. i am owed a shadow study that was promised because i don't think that the planning commission really understood or looked at the impact. >> you just reference this into the microphone and the other site will turn it on.
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>> this is 6 feet and 11 inches taller than anything else around. this shows you how much taller it is then either of ours. basically, the commissioner said that there is nothing in which
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could be provided that was an equitable discretion to the project. i think that we either walk the talk and look at these things or we say, now we have all of this stuff and we don't go on.
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i will lose a 40% of the energy i get from the sun. i respectfully ask that we look at the laws and get the shade steady. >> did she phot for the dr? >> she said that there is nothing that we have here in which others are environmental -- she said there is nothing
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which can shape an equitable discussion on this project. that is what someone shocked me. >> i had a quick question that is based on something that you just said. you said something about the loss of 25%-40% of your energy. where did you get your figure? >> i came up with that figure from the pg&e website about daylighting. >> do you have solar panels on your home that are affected by this development?
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>> no, i don't have solar panels. the project was severely impacted by this. in fact, i have a letter that they wanted me to read to you because they were talking about the remarks that were made. >> you don't have a report that would back up this loss? >> i could get a report. the thing that will show it in this particular case it is a shadow steady which could be easily done with any modern program.
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that is really specific. that is the average. >> can you put the exhibit to up? >> i am not used to overheads. i can take it out of the binder.
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this is the very front of my house.
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>> we might have a better idea if you can show us the property.
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>> are these the one that you reference to that are the clear story? it is this the window in the photo? >> yes. they cast a light in the living room. >> those are what you're talking about.
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>> that is the outline of where the addition would be. as you can see, it comes right up. there will be no light. this is really large. >> this is 15 feet with a minor pushout is to accommodate a stairwell.
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you need to know this said that from your house there. >> i think sacha this is more a around the range of 25 ft.. the floor that you see with the windows, that is just a bedroom and that is 10 feet by 15 feet. >> is this your room? >> no, that is the stairwell. that is pretty significantly. >> miami house was built in 1912. this was built in 1961.
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-- my house was built in 1912. >> good evening. i am the home alert at 675 arkansas street. the design i submitted meets all the planning department regulations and this is more conservative than what is allowed. the planning approved the design application. the planning department rejected the request for discretionary review. without any legitimate basis, the pill should be denied.